From a childhood spent making, Mary now makes small woven non-functional decorative objects.
Originally learning to make traditional willow baskets, an introduction to textile basketry and the suggestion to try some different materials took her making in a new direction.
Working with fine flexible materials, Mary weaves using adapted traditional basketry techniques. She is intrigued by the connections between basketry and textiles. Where does one begin and the other end?
Mary uses a range of techniques, her preference being twining. It requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. The weaving gives a smooth, slightly undulating surface. Although repetitive and time consuming, the placing of each weaver informs the final piece.
Inspiration comes from nature and the man-made environment. An interest in engineering and mathematical concepts influences her making. Line, structure and form are all important to Mary, as is the quality of her finished work.
With a background in primary teaching and museum education, Mary greatly enjoys running workshops and giving talks; sharing her enthusiasm for making and the passing on of skills.
Mary is a member of the Basketmakers’ Association and a Yeoman Member of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.